Jaguar Land Rover recycles Jaguar I-Pace prototypesApril 4, 2019
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has for many years promoted the transition to recycling. The program Recycled Aluminum CAR, that is, the “Car from recycled aluminum”, was launched in 2008. According to her, by 2020 the company intends to produce 75% of its machines from recycled materials. Now JLR has announced the launch of a new Reality program, the purpose of which is to recycle decommissioned cars specifically of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands to produce new cars.
The technology is tested on pre-production written off prototypes of Jaguar I-Pace. The bodies of these cars are disassembled and sorted by type of materials with the help of high-tech Axion sensors. The resulting aluminum sorting is remelted. Batteries from cars are pre-removed and recycled separately.
“When the Reality project starts working at full capacity, it will reduce CO2 emissions from production and reduce the amount of primary aluminum used in building cars. Jaguar Land Rover has already reduced CO2 emissions in the production of each car by 46% and intends to adhere to this strategy in the future, ”the press service of the British automaker informs.
Aluminum has been consistently being introduced into Jaguar cars for almost 20 years – from the XJ X350 executive sedan, which appeared in 2002. And in 2014 came the mid-size XE, for which the aluminum alloy RC5754 was developed, 75% consisting of recycled aluminum. Half of the XE body structure also consists of aluminum alloys with a high proportion of recycled materials. All this was made possible thanks to a closed-loop system operating at production facilities in the UK and Slovakia.
In Land Rover SUVs, aluminum has been widely used throughout the history of the brand. So, on the Land Rover Series I model 1948, all exterior body panels were already made of aluminum.
According to engineers, secondary aluminum is not inferior to the “new” in strength. Jaguar Land Rover hopes that the share of recycled metal will continue to gradually increase, which will reduce the need for “new” aluminum.
In the period from September 2013 to January 2019, the British concern processed about 300,000 tons of aluminum scrap, which went into production of new machines.
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